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To the Editor: An environmental impact study should be demanded by county commissioners before allowing any silica frac sand mining in Goodhue County or within any counties along the Mississippi River Valley. County Officials are elected to protect the health, welfare and safety of the citizens, not to grease the wheels of large conglomerate energy concerns. Consider the upcoming elections of commissioners. Do not re-elect any commissioner who does not demand a complete environmental impact study on our behalf.
To the Editor: I was quoted in an article about tanning, and I wanted the opportunity to comment a little further (R-E, May 2). I believe the American Academy of Dermatology has been unchallenged for years in beliefs about tanning. They have brainwashed the public at every level with their claims that tanning is bad for you. However, Brian Williams from the NBC Nightly News says, "Many doctors and health care professionals are now rethinking their advice about sun exposure, encouraging moderation instead of abstinence." The reason for this is the importance of vitamin D.
To the Editor: On Thursday June 28, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. This ruling was a victory for all Americans. Ironically, the decisive vote was cast by Chief Justice Roberts, not exactly a bastion of liberal causes. True, the USA is still 50 years behind the rest of the Western world with health care legislation; true, we rank 30th of 30 nations in the industrialized world vis-a-vis outcomes and cost. This legislation marks a small but definite step in the right (or Left) direction.
To the Editor: I had the opportunity to attend the public hearing Tuesday June 26. The purpose of the open house and public hearing was to present the Draft Report concerning silica sand mining, processing, and other operations related to the City of Red Wing's current moratorium. I want to take this opportunity to extend a public thank you to the members of the Red Wing Advisory Planning Commission and Red Wing Sustainability Commission for their work and research into the city's challenge in managing the potential exposure to silica sand mining, processing and other operations.
To the Editor: Thanks to everyone who attended the mailbox meeting June 18 in Millville. The feedback was constructive. One issue that was clarified by County Engineer Dietrich Flesch was the intent of the May 8 letter he sent to several hundred residents. His communication to "remove or bring your mailbox installation into compliance by July 15" was only intended to be a recommendation in an effort to notify them that they were out of compliance. Certainly we all support safety and want to encourage corrective actions regarding mailbox installation.
To the Editor: On behalf of all the Red Wing Shoe employees, retirees and their families I would like to thank the Red Wing in Bloom Foundation for efforts on the Levee Road grain silos. Art Kenyon, his team of volunteers and the artist, Kyle Holdridge, did a fabulous job recreating our Red Wing logo. We are all thankful your readers selected our company logo for the honor. We are proud to be part of such a supportive community. The wing displayed prominently on the silos makes us even prouder. Dave Murphy Red Wing Shoe Co. president
To the Editor: One year ago this week, the federal government renewed until 2034 Xcel Energy's license to operate its nuclear power plant on Prairie Island, the ancestral homeland of the Prairie Island Indian Community.
To the Editor: The Red Wing Booster Club hosted the 19th Winger Open Golf Tournament Friday June 15. There were 160 golfers that played in the event helping to raise over $9,000 for Winger athletics. The Red Wing business community played a huge role in raising this money through hole sponsorships, prize and cash donations.
To the Editor: It would appear I've ruffled some feathers and opened a can of worms with my recent letter (R-E, May 23). For the record, my name is John Litsenberger, not Listenberger. I'm sorry Ms. Meyer views my presence on the Goodhue County Mining Study Committee as a conflict of interest (R-E, June 13). Since our duty as a committee, is strictly advisory and we are not a rule-making entity, I don't quite make that connection.
To the Editor: The ongoing dissension over the form of government Wabasha County will move to reads better than the Abbott and Costello comedy routine "Who's on First." Let me try to summarize the situation. The county attorney, whose job description states he is to serve the board of commissioners with legal counsel, is instead opposing them concerning what form of government Wabasha County should have. Not fulfilling his job requirements to the board causes commissioners to spend their time defending their decision.